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Year 2: The Missing Piece to the Classroom of the Future - The Ability to Scale Down to Scale Up

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Computing Technology Session 1

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/29194

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101

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Pedro Arturo Espinoza University of Texas, El Paso

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Pedro worked in the manufacturing industry as a Quality Control Engineer for some years before acquiring his current position as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). For over ten years in this role, he has worked with a team of managers that oversee various learning environments in the Academic Technologies Department at UTEP. He leads a group of more than 30 multidisciplinary student employees that help support a wide range of technologies for classrooms and other learning spaces, including videoconferencing rooms.
In addition to teaching a Foundations of Engineering course, Pedro also provides technology training on Mac OS X, CISCO networking and various other technology topics. He also enjoys the role of social media coordinator for Academic Technologies to showcase the department’s services and the dedicated students and staff members who work there. Pedro received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Education from UTEP.

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Mike Thomas Pitcher University of Texas, El Paso

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Mike Pitcher is the Director of Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has had experience in learning in both a traditional university program as well as the new online learning model, which he utilizes in his current position consulting with faculty about the design of new learning experiences. His experience in technology and teaching started in 1993 as a student lab technician and has continued to expand and grow over the years, both technically as well as pedagogically. Currently he works in one of the most technically outstanding buildings in the region where he provides support to students, faculty, and staff in implementing technology inside and outside the classroom, researching new engineering education strategies as well as the technologies to support the 21st century classroom (online and face to face). He also has assisted both the campus as well as the local community in developing technology programs that highlight student skills development in ways that engage and attract individuals towards STEAM and STEM fields by showcasing how those skills impact the current project in real-world ways that people can understand and be involved in. As part of a university that is focused on supporting the 21st century student demographic he continues to innovate and research on how we can design new methods of learning to educate both our students and communities on how STEM and STEAM make up a large part of that vision and our future.

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Oscar Antonio Perez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Oscar Perez received his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a special focus on control systems and data communications. He was Awarded the Woody Everett award from the American Society for engineering education August 2011 for the research on the impact of mobile devices in the classroom. Dr. Perez has been teaching the Basic Engineering (BE) – BE 1301 course for over 9 years. Lead the design for the development of the new Basic Engineering course (now UNIV 1301) for engineering at UTEP for the Engineering, Science and University Colleges. Developed over 5 new courses, including UTEP technology & society core curriculum classes specifically for incoming freshman with a STEM background. Dr. Perez was awarded the 2014 “University of Texas at El Paso award for Outstanding Teaching”. Dr. Perez has thirteen years of professional experience working as an Electrical and Computer Engineer. leads a team to provide technical support to faculty and students utilizing UGLC classrooms and auditoriums. Dr. Perez is committed to the highest level of service to provide an exceptional experience to all of the UGLC guests. Dr. Perez strongly believes that by providing exceptional customer service that UGLC patrons will return to make use of the various services the university offers. Mr. Perez enjoys working on the professional development of the students’ employees at the UGLC. He shares with his student employees his practical experience in using electrical engineering concepts and computer technologies to help in everyday real-world applications. Dr. Perez has worked with the uTeach and Tech-e camp programs at UTEP since their creation to streamline the transition process for engineering students from local area K-12 schools to college by equipping students and their teachers with teaching strategies and technologies each summer. Oscar enjoys teamwork, believes in education as a process for achieving life-long learning rather than as a purely academic pursuit. He currently works on maintaining, upgrading and designing the new classroom of the future model at UTEP. Dr. Perez is inspired because he enjoys working with people and technology in the same environment.

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Hugo Gomez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hugo Gomez works as an Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso, he is focused on expanding the professional and technical skill sets of our students and faculty community to better prepare them for the world of technology today and tomorrow. He works alongside a wide assortment of students, faculty and staff on campus to make sure their technology toolsets are up to date. Furthermore, Hugo provides workshops to over half of the student population at UTEP and as such, has been instrumental in providing the behind the scenes support to all these courses. Mr. Gomez also collaborates in the Learning Lab team to explore and implement new educational strategies in the classroom. Mr. Gomez has a Masters Degree in Engineering Education from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has participated in the UTEACH summer program as a Technology Instructor in which he provided workshops on website design, movie creation and computer networking. In addition, Mr. Gomez teaches UNIV1301 Foundations of Engineering, were students learn academic, personal and engineering skills, among many other abilities that help them understand their opportunities and responsibilities as engineering students.

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Randy Hazael Anaya University of Texas, El Paso

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Randy Anaya, Instructional Technologist at the University of Texas at El Paso. Received a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia design from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Received a BA in Media Advertising at UTEP and is currently enrolled as a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on the use of art and technology in teaching and learning.
Randy works on research and development of applying the creative process to workshops, trainings and student engagement. Currently doing extensive research and deployment of emerging technologies to redefine the classroom, mentoring and excellence through student interaction.

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Hector Erick Lugo Nevarez University of Texas, El Paso

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Mr. Hector Lugo works as a Student Technology Success Coordinator at The University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently enrolled as a Master of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering.
His motivation and passion pushes him into research in wireless communication, especially in Bluetooth Low Energy and Near Field Communication as well as building projects and fostering innovation with faculty and staff members. As part of the Learning Environments division, the idea to develop, oversee and assess engaging students to expand their knowledge and creativity by innovating new technologies application for Engineering Education is currently under way to engage the university and the community.
Concluding, Mr. Lugo’s ambition is to encourage students to focus in science, technology and engineer abilities in order to expand their professional potential.

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Herminia Hemmitt University of Texas, El Paso

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Mrs. Herminia Hemmitt is part of the Learning Environments team in Academic Technologies at The University of Texas at El Paso. She is responsible for coordinating classroom technology upgrades and implementations to ensure project deadlines and anticipated goals are met. Her educational background in organizational and corporate communication is utilized in consultations with faculty and staff about their learning environments in order to correctly match them to appropriate learning spaces or adapt existing spaces to meet their pedagogical and technological needs. Her focus is on the specific user to make sure that classroom needs, technical needs, and/or event needs are met.

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Peter Golding P.E. University of Texas, El Paso

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Professor in the Department of Engineering and Leadership at UTEP.

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Abstract

It is common to see new classrooms being constructed or old ones renovated at universities across the U.S. However, there is a huge missing piece to the puzzle for these classroom projects and it is more than just money or funding. This paper will look at the first and second years of a multi-year, multi-phase project at [name removed], which has embarked upon the journey to build the classroom of the future.

Our discussions will include lessons learned the first year of the project from instructor and student input through focus groups, surveys, and classroom assessments. Additionally, we include second-year data from instructors who used the prototype classroom to teach various courses this past fall 2016 semester. First year results assert that the biggest obstacles to building the classroom of the future do not depend on the technology or the cost but on a much deeper understanding of the instructors’ teaching needs. We will look at how a divide between traditional information technology (IT) and faculty has created a huge misconception and misunderstanding of the needs in the classroom. The key to fixing the issue involves focusing on the basics of the design process itself and how something as simple as a light switch can make a world of difference in whether the classroom of the future meets with success or failure.

In an environment where the strategy may be to simply scale up classrooms by investing in new costly equipment and infrastructure, we may actually need to first scale classrooms down in order to solve simple design issues. Only then can we successfully scale them up to a standardized solution in terms of budget, usability, and technologies that can be replicated across campus. Our first-year findings will highlight the areas that seem to be the biggest overlooked concepts when designing for the classroom of the future on campuses today. Our second-year findings support the concept that designing a classroom in this scaled-down manner does have a positive effect on the teaching and learning.

Espinoza, P. A., & Pitcher, M. T., & Perez, O. A., & Gomez, H., & Anaya, R. H., & Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Hemmitt, H., & Golding, P. (2017, June), Year 2: The Missing Piece to the Classroom of the Future - The Ability to Scale Down to Scale Up Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29194

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